Comets will host Cerritos in home opener on Saturday night

Linebacker, Chandler Wachholtz (No. 36), is a key on defense. - Photo by Hugh Cox
Linebacker, Chandler Wachholtz (No. 36), is a key on defense. - Photo by Hugh Cox

ESCONDIDO (9-15-2017) -- Palomar will face a very big, very physical opponent when the Comets kick off their home football season Saturday (6 p.m., Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium at Escondido High School) with a non-conference game against Cerritos.

The Falcons come in 0-2 but have played two powerhouse teams (Los Angeles Valley and defending state a national champion Fullerton). The Comets are 2-0, having beaten Southwestern and Santa Monica.

"We'll find out where we are as a team," Palomar coach Joe Early said. "Cerritos is well-coached and always prepared, and they're always one of the biggest and most phycial, smashmouth teams in the state. They've played a much tougher schedule than we have. We have to be consistent, put points on the board on offense and limit penalties on defense. And we've got to win in special teams to be successful."

Curry Thomason, a 6-foot, 220-pound sophomore out of Mira Mesa High School, will get his first start at running back for Palomar in place of the injured Issiah Aguero, the Comets' leading rusher.

PALOMAR PROBABLE LINE-UP

OFFENSE

QB - Matt Romero, So, 6-2, 210, Oceanside High School

RB - Curry Thomason, So, 6-0, 220, Mira Mesa High School

WR - Nate Johnson, So. 6-2, 190, Vista High School / Dixie State

WR - Devin Nilson, Fr, 5-11, 180, Carlsbad High School

WR - Rashad Harper, So, 5-11, 175, Mount Miguel High School / Grossmont CC

WR - Bryce Walker, Fr, 5-11, 165, Bartram Trail High School (St. Johns, FL)

SL - Zack Morel, Fr, 6-2, 190, Vista High School

TE - Blake Adamson, Fr, 6-5, 255, Valhalla High School / University of St. Francis

TE -- Chase Olsen, So, 6-2, 215, San Marcos High School

LT - Preston Johnson, So, 6-4, 285, Ramona High School

LG - Josh Castrellon, Fr, 6-2, 285, La Costa Canyon High School

C- Joshua Pichette, So, 6-3, 255, Tri-City Christian School

RG - Jeremiah Castrellon, Fr, 6-3, 290, San Marcos High School

RT - Michael Childress, So, 6-5, 300, Vista High School

DEFENSE

DE - Kyle Lemieux, So, 6-2, 250, St. Helena High School (Helena, CA) / Saddleback CC

DE - Carter Couch (6-3, 190, Mt. Carmel High School  / Savannah State

DT - Anthony Zuniga, So, 6-0, 270, San Marcos High School

DT - Nick Zimmerman, So, 6-1, 280, Oceanside High SchoolLB - J.D. Fox, So, 6-3, 225, Escondido High School

LB - Chandler Wachholtz, So, 6-0, 220, La Costa Canyon High School

LB - J.D. Fox, So, 6-3, 225, Escondido High School

CB - Devonte Woods, So, 5-8, 182, Father Lopez High School (Daytona Beach, FL)

CB - Rayshawn Herring, So, 5-9, 180, Deltona High School (Deltona, FL) / Southwestern CC

FS - Danny Wood, So, So, 5-11, 175, Carlsbad High School

S - Jake Ambrose, Fr, 6-3, 180, Mira Mesa High School

NICKLE - Maxwell Scott, So, 6-2, 182, Murrieta Mesa High School (Murrieta, CA) / Saddleback CC

SPECIAL TEAMS

PAT, FG, KO - Tyler Vargas, So, 5-11, 175, Ramona High School

P - Tyson Dyer, Fr, 6-2, 195, Palm Beach Currumbin State (QLD, Australia)KOR - Brian Nievas, Fr, 5-7, 160, Daltona High School  (Daltona, FL)

KOR - Marquis Williajms, So, 5-11, 178, Father Lopez (Daytona Beach, FL) / Southwestern CC

PR - Devin Nilson

PR - Rashad Harper

LS - Carter Couch